New Chief Officer of the Paris Fire Regiment
Having completed his term of military service, Colonel Vuilquin has retired from the command of the Paris tire regiment. His successor will be the popular second officer, Lieut.-Colonel Cordier, whom the minister of war, on the recommendation of M. Lépine, has placed in charge of the regiment until October next, when he takes the rank of colonel, and will assume the full command, Lieut.-Colonel Cordier, who is known to many British firemen as a frequent visitor to fire brigade gatherings in this country and on the Continent, has, unlike any of his predecessors in the command, spent practicaly the whole of his military service in the Paris fire regiment. During his twenty years as a fire officer, he has devoted himself entirely to the improvement of the service, and it is mainly due to his untiring efforts, his enthusiasm and ability that in personnel and equipment the Paris regiment holds so high a position amongst continental fire protective organizations. In technical knowledge of fire fighting and fire-fighting apparatus. Lieut.Colonel Cordier has gained an almost international reputation. His special qualifications were early recognized by the military authorities of the French capital, and the necessary transfer to another regiment in the course of promotion was on this account limited in his case to a couple of years. Leaving the regiment as major, in 1904, he returned in 1900 with the rank of commandant ingenieur, further promotion to the position of lieutenant-colonel following in 1909. For some little time past, by reason of the illness of Colonel Vuilquin, Lieut.-Colonel Cordier has directed the operations of the regiment.